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learned the woman who first contacted the fbi about threatening e mails from the general's biographer is a close petraeus family friend. kristen welker has more on when it be cam pcame public. >> reporter: according to a close friend of david petraeus, jill kelly come planned to fbi agents about being harassed by paula broadwell, petraeus' biographer. petraeus' downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving e-mails from broadwell. multiple officials tell nbc news the e-mails led to the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative of an extramarital affair. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> petraeus' former spokesperson and served with him in iraq and spoke tine petraeus twice this weekend and said his former boss is remorseful. >> in his word he screwed up. >> reporter: senior law enforcement official told nbc news that fbi officials interviewed petraeus. today members of congress are asking why the fbi did not inform them or the president sooner. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i
it as simple as we can. sources tell nbc news the fbi recently began investigating complaints from a woman who said she'd been receiving harassing emails. that investigation led to the discovery of emails between petraeus and his biographer that indicated they were having an affair. retired general david petraeus resigns in disgrace from his post as head of the cia after acknowledging what he called unacceptable behavior. he admitted to cheating on his wife of more than 37 years, holley pa trahal holly petraeus. it involved an affair between petraeus and another woman who was not related to petraeus. she complained to the fbi because she felt she was being harassed. the families, officials say, were traced to paula bradwell. that's what led to the discovery of her intimate relationship with the fore-star general. >> it's so politically sensitive that my guess the decision was made near or at the top level of the fbi to sit down with general petraeus and have a discussion with him and let him know that this information had been discovered. >> reporter: broadwell, who is also married, had openly
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